This is the all-new Ferrari 458 Italia—slated as the replacement for Ferrari F430. Using an aluminium chassis, 458 Italia has double wishbone at the front and multi-link at the rear. According to Ferrari, the 458 name comes from the 4.5-litre V8 powerplant. Churning out 562 bhp at 9000 rpm, the V8 is Ferrari’s highest-revving engine ever used in road car. At 127 bhp per litre, the V8 is claimed to have the highest specific output among normally aspirated engines used in cars. You can expect plenty of flexibility, too, because there is 540 Nm at 6000 rpm, with over 80 percent of that pulling force available from 3250 rpm. 458 Italia will complete the century sprint under 3.4 seconds, Ferrari claimed.
Although designed by Pininfarina, 458 Italia is definitely not the best-looking Ferrari. Perhaps that is because the body shape, developed using Ferrari’s F1 wind tunnel, is more about aerodynamics than beauty. Ferrari also promised a cabin boasting “new innovations in production cars.”
To be built alongside California in a production facility in Maranello, Italy, 458 Italia is set to become the sportiest V8-engined Ferrari when it debuts next year. As California costs RM 1.7 million, it is safe to assume that 458 Italia will be priced in and around that region.